Skip to comments.‘Too soon’? Shoppers horrified by ‘Easter creep’ [pics]
Posted on 01/18/2014 3:07:41 PM PST by servo1969
For the love of everything ever, it’s January.
Easter is in April this year and we haven’t even hit Valentine’s Day. But the retail calendar works a little differently these days. Behold the Easter candy displays:
I think it's a little early for the Easter candy display don't ya think ? #easter http://t.co/zdsDF3Rm6L—
Frank Marzullo (@TrustFrank19) January 09, 2014
Yes, we do.
Good grief, that's ridiculous. It's practically in May this year RT @bccohan: CVS already has Easter candy out?!? http://t.co/JOyeM1hbDP—
LP (@LesliHannah) January 17, 2014
Seriously?? #eastercreep http://t.co/VwLSQ7JQ—
Justin Norris (@3lderdragon) January 03, 2013
Easter Candy is already in the stores!! lol http://t.co/kRA1JWyBhH—
Laura (@AquaBugg) January 06, 2014
Easter candy is out along with Valentines Day stuffy. #Holidaycreep http://t.co/5uzs1eSThp—
Lin (@Lin_Dolin) January 14, 2014
Are you kidding me! Easter candy already available! Give me a break! Ridiculous! 2 soon! http://t.co/YHr7MUHgUB—
Maricela A Scott (@FabulousAunt) January 16, 2014
THEY ALREADY HAVE EASTER CANDY IN TARGET. IT IS JANUARY. http://t.co/VZnxU6pbRJ—
Elizabeth Merritt (@EGMerritt) January 15, 2014
NO, NO, NO! Its still a month until Valentine's Day. I do not accept Easter candy being sold! http://t.co/7AffkQ7GtR—
Danielle (@NY_dee) January 15, 2014
Surely this should not be allowed! Easter candy sales already? http://t.co/8MNKWxTHic—
Kay or Ari (@kayakaari) January 10, 2014
Some stores didn’t even wait until January.
Now I think CVS is just trolling me. They put out the Easter candy two days after Christmas! http://t.co/stWsRfYVSZ—
Ted Nesi (@tednesi) December 28, 2013
My sister took this picture – Valentine's Day & Easter candy already in our local store! D: http://t.co/AiNPJy9sYR—
Jamie ☆ ♪ (@galaxia416) December 27, 2013
Oh good, they got the Easter candy out. I was worried they might put that out too early this year. 😬 http://t.co/u9vKPdMGyn—
Dave Perillo (@Montygog) December 24, 2013
December? Come on.
Personally I saw Easter candy at local Walgreens week after New year day LOL!
Perhaps they are just afraid of the arrival of final justice.
At my Walmart, Valentine’s Day arrived on December 26.
Yeah I would be afraid of that myself.
All stores have seasonal sections. It really just amounts to keeping the shelves full.
Saw a bunch of Easter stuff in Hobby Lobby the other day.
I’m not sure if it’s Holiday ‘Creep’ or a more visible sign that ‘Retail’ is in really tough straits and is looking for every dollar they can get to save themselves... and their stores.
Only 27 days left until Valentines Day!
My husband is going to the Myrtle Beach Marathon with one of our sons for Valentine’s Day.
Yes, they need to have new stuff to sell. I’m more confused by the arrival of summer clothes, when we’re freezing.
All retail is much worse than is being reported.
A friend in upstate NY told me that the annual craft show which is held for a month in a major mall was 86% down from previous years and that was just before Christmas.
If your inbox is like mine, the *sales* and *specials* have become a joke. For the past month, every retailer is “extending sales” and they also send *updates* 3 or more times a day. Retailers I have ordered from 2x in 8 years tell me I am a *favored* customer and they have a *Special* “just for you”.
I wonder if the candy wholesalers offered discounts for volume and the retailers took it and now are trying o increase sales by offering it earlier.
I sell wholesale. Every distributor wanted to order below minimums around Christmas. We stuck to our policies and all said they would wait to order mid-January. We’ll see what next week brings.
Everyone is tapped out or stretched. Even if they are still in the stock market and made money this year, they are paying commissions and taxes. Wealthy folks we know who were going to stay working for several more years, usually for spousal health insurance benefits, are now retiring in 2014. Best guess is they will save a lot on taxes and they just found out the health insurance benefits are less than they were hoping.
In my area, this is always a slow month, because property taxes are due 1/31. This year, add in that heating costs for December were about 20% higher than last year. As a wholesaler, I know no one wants inventory before the end of January because they will be taxed on it.
The administration and the progs are killing this country.
If I were Emperor of America, we’d have 2 seasons. Easter and Christmas :-)
I understand it better in craft stores. Crafters need time to create/make stuff. I don’t know why anyone would want to buy Easter candy months ahead of time - wouldn’t it go stale? Or perhaps they just want to munch on Easter candy for a couple of months!
I couldn’t run a marathon if my life depended on it.
Gotta satisfy that peeps craving you’ve been waiting so long for...
it’s to be expected. Christmas stuff starts to show-up after labor day, valentine’s day starts 12/26 and Easter is next.
I’m assuming that it’s worthwhile and there is science behind it or stores would not be doing it.
Christmas sales were in the shitter this year so they need to start earlier and keep the shelves filled. The local Walmart and Target and even Home Depot all have multiple retail racks filled with empty plastic storage bins.
The retailers know that dirty little secret; most Americans are Snacking Addicts, so any cute and fuzzy excuse to eat a feedbag o snacks will do for many consumers. Why let kids have all the fun? Nowadays, you can order online, so nobody sees you at Kroger’s on January 18th, pulling two shopping carts overflowing with Valentine Chocolates, Shamrock Cookies, those Foil Wrapped, Reese Peanut-Butter Easter Eggs, or the Chocolate Bunny Soldiers. Each candy order ends with customer comment; ‘I was requested to place this early order right now, for a friend.”
From what I understand. Peeps connoisseurs prefer them stale. Ugh.
If people don’t like capitalism TOUGH. Stores can do as they please. So sick of cry babies. If they don’t like it, open their own dang store. I will agree that before Valentine’s Day is interesting but I guess they will sell both for awhile.
Horrid timing. I always wonder who makes these arrangements, probably single guys who never dated. lol.
You have a walmart?
In my area, this is always a slow month, because property taxes are due 1/31.
That is really weird. Ours are due in July.
I could see myself buying PEEPS and eating them way before Easter which results in me having to buy more and more and more and more ..rinse and repeat.
Of my very own. Doesn’t everyone?
Bill. He’s 19. He was a wreck after the Outer Banks Marathon, Veterans’ Day weekend, but he’s been training more in the last couple of months. I deduce that his mysterious girlfriend, Rachel, likes him to be fit.
Runners are in their own universe. My family is a little funny about holidays. My mother’s birthday is May 4, and my father’s is June 4. We always celebrated their birthdays instead of Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. Their birthdays are personal, after all.
Our anniversary is February 4, so we recognize that instead of Valentine’s Day, because it’s personal.
If Easter wasn’t such a big deal in the Church, we’d end up just celebrating birthdays then, too: Anoreth on March 27, Sally on March 30, Elen on April 2, and Bill on April 6.
That’s very interesting, thanks.
You can’t buy wine at a bridge!
Are the Peeps on the shelf? Wait til I tell Mr. GG2. :-)
Samuel Adams knew what the weather was, and it wasn’t any “Spring Thaw” in January!
My first thought too
Gotta satisfy that peeps craving youve been waiting so long for...
Not any more. The people who make the Peeps got very clever a few years ago, and you can now find their products for all sorts of holidays, as, I have seen snowmen, hearts, and Halloween pumpkins made out of whatever that marshmallow stuff is.
There was a narrow column of Christmas items up at the end of September in place as they started to fill the aisles for Halloween.
Retailers are desperate for sales, so they latch onto any holiday that can generate income.
Ok, I guess I get buying the Peeps.... but I would not like them stale.
I saw Reese’s and Cadbury eggs in the grocery on New Year’s Day. Valentine’s were out the day after Christmas.
We can pay all of it in January or 1/2 in January and 1/2 in July.
Not sure if it is set by the state or the county.
They still have “Easter” candy? I thought it was all “spring” candy now.
In minnepolis we have the peeps store at the mall of America.. year round peeps!
Stale is the best.
We always slit the plastic and let them sit for a few days.
I heard that the chocolate peppermint peeps that were out around Christmas were pretty good.
It's a little different at Hobby Lobby and Michael's because they are oriented toward selling equipment and supplies for crafts. If you're going to make some kind of holiday decoration, as many of us do, you need to be starting several months before the holiday. The displays put us in the mood to start on making stuff.
But a display of holiday candy several months before a holiday is DISGUSTING. Makes you realize that either (a) the candy is going to be rotten by the time the holiday arrives, or (b) it's full of whatever hideous toxic chemicals keep it from rotting in the intervening four or five months. In either case, Yuck.
My local grocery store has Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s and Easter displays already — went up right after Christmas.
I teach crafts so in a crafts store it is normal to see “Christmas in July” because crafters like to start 6 months before the holiday. Halloween usually appears around July or August, Valentine’s Day even before Christmas.
But, I too am seeing this in other stores. Pretty soon, ALL the holidays will be displayed all year round.
Last Easter we discovered the joy of Peeps smores....